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Ilhan Omar sweeps 5th Congressional District

Ilhan Omar sweeps 5th Congressional District

USA voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on November 6, 2018, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported.

Omar will succeed US Rep. Keith Ellison, who gave up the safe seat in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis-area district to run for state attorney general. Following her win in 2016, Omar said her political involvement had become more than "about me or the win or the loss". Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democrat who ran for the House in Minnesota, will join Tlaib in Congress.

Two Midwestern states will both be the first to send Muslim women to Congress come 2019.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

Omar was declared the victor in Minnesota's left-learning Fifth Congressional District - which includes Minneapolis and its suburbs, and has elected Democrats since 1960.

Her election comes during a presidential administration seen as fanning anger against Muslims and enacting anti-Muslim policies.




Ilhan's father, Nur Omar Mohamed, is a teacher trainer.

Omar, 36, is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday. "I couldn't sit on the sidelines", she said.

Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.

Rabat- Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Ilhan Omar won the U.S. House race in the 5th Congressional District. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Governor Mark Dayton endorsed Omar's congressional bid.


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